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Craft Focus magazine is a bi-monthly trade publication for the craft industry, distributed to Art & Craft shops, Toy shops, Model shops, Haberdashers and Needlecraft retailers. read more >

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Julie Bonnar,  Editor

Forward thinking

Its been so nice to see the sun shining, the milder weather has a way of making people look forward and plan for the rest of the year. However, I am very mindful of what some retailers have had to endure during the recent storms, persistent rains, and even floods.

According to the British Retail Consortium bad weather is the second biggest influence on a customer’s spending pattern. Despite this, further studies have shown that high street shoppers will also in fact take cover during showery weather, so it pays to have an inviting window display to encourage passers by to choose your shop. Crafters will see a rainy day as a crafting opportunity too so it’s not all doom and gloom.  read more >

  In this issue: Issue 42 Apr/May 2014
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